Generators, chainsaws and other emergency equipment are a "beautiful sight" for the customers storming stores in Pennsylvania in the aftermath of an ice storm, according to these articles. E.M. Herr Farm & Home Center/Ace Hardware offers customers a general appliance chart that informs them how many watts are used by coffeemakers, refrigerators and other common appliances. "Otherwise, it’s going to bog it (the generator) down and shut it down, and then it will not work correctly," said Herr's manager Melissa Schlegelmilch.

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